Cluster Randomised Trials Design and Analysis

1 Day Course: Friday, 18th June 2021

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Cluster Randomised Controlled Trials (cRCTs) are trials which randomise groups of patients rather than individual patients. Examples might include randomising communities to different public health interventions, randomising practitioners to different methods of treating patients, or randomising whole bodies when the target is an organ such as the eyes, kidneys or teeth. The analysis of CRTs is more complex than that of individually randomised trials.

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to and understanding of the key issues in the design, analysis and reporting of cluster randomised controlled trials (CRCTs). The course focusses on CRCTs in the evaluation of healthcare and public health settings.

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Clinicians who need to design CRTs
  • New researchers who want to appreciate the benefits
  • Statisticians who want to understand how to design and analyse CRTs

No formal statistical expertise is required, but a knowledge of basic statistics such as simple statistical tests would be an advantage.

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • explain why cluster randomised controlled trials are necessary
  • recognise when cluster randomised controlled trials are necessary
  • identify the key decisions that have to be made when designing a cluster randomised controlled trial
  • be aware of appropriate statistical methods in the analysis of trial data, including adjustment for covariates, subgroup analyses and multiple outcomes
  • design a hypothetical trial based on their knowledge gained throughout the course.

Course content:

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.


A copy of the book ‘How to design, analyse and report cluster randomised controlled trials in medicine and health services research’ by Professor Mike Campbell and Professor Stephen Walters, will be available to purchase at special purchase price during the online booking process for the course.

The book will also be able to purchase after you have made your course booking, please contact Karen Holden at for further details.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop/tablet for the duration of the course.


Professor Stephen Walters is the course leader for this course.

Date and times

1 Day Course:  Friday, 18th June 2021

  • Start: 9.00am
  • Finish: 4.30pm

£199 - Early Bird Rate, for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 18th March 2021.

£299 - Standard Rate, for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 4th June 2021.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 4th June 2021, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Booking and payment
Wherever possible we aim to run as many of our ScHARR short courses as is practically possible, but this may be in a different format to how they have previously been delivered, or were intending to be delivered. 

We are currently looking at other ways in which our courses could potentially be delivered e.g. online and which courses this would be suitable for.

Any bookings made for any of our ScHARR short courses will be ‘Covid-19 Secure’ meaning that we would ensure that any courses delivered face-to-face would only be done so if Government guidance permitted, and our venue(s) were able to adhere to all Covid-19 safety measures.

We are continuing to monitor the situation, and we will be regularly updating to comply with Government guidance and restrictions.

We would like to reassure you that any bookings made would be Covid-19 secure, whereby if the course were unable to take place in the format advertised at the time of your booking, we would offer a no-quibble guarantee that we would:

  • automatically transfer your booking to a rescheduled date
  • automatically transfer your booking to the Online version of the course
  • process a full refund, if neither of the above are suitable for you

This course is live on our Online Store, and we are currently taking bookings. 

All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed via our Online Store. Payment is by credit/debit card or PayPal and via invoice (purchase order required) if required.

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking and select the invoice option at the start of the booking process. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the purchase order is received at

If you have any queries regarding booking or payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary.  Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website if required.

Accommodation and meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day of this one day course. 

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please advise Karen Holden at, and/or complete the relevant details on the booking form at the time of booking.

NB: accommodation is not included.

We do however have a preferential rate of £70 for our delegates at Halifax Hall, or £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, which is situated behind Halifax Hall. For further details of how to book to ensure these rates please contact Karen Holden at


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Road
S10 3ER


For further information please contact the Short Course Unit via email at

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 11 January 2021